The missus is banned

Titles such as Mr and Mrs could be banned because they are ‘not inclusive of transgender people’. Oxford Council in the UK want gender specific titles to be phased out. They say that forms should have an option of Mx, pronounces ‘Mix’. LGBT campaigner Rob Jordan said it was progressive but he did not support … [Read the full story]

There’s a Cunting Cunt in the English Dictionary

Four different forms of the word ‘cunt’ have been added to the Oxford English Dictionary, and they’re all spectacular. There were nine hundred new entries and subentries, all of which which are helpfully listed on the linguistic giant’s public website. They’re not all new and they’re definitely not all common, but the OED’s job isn’t to … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1931

David Cornwell, later known as spy novelist John le Carre, is born on this day in Poole, England. Le Carre’s father was a charming, dishonest con man who ran up millions of dollars in debt, snookered friends and family on phantom deals, and spent time in jail for embezzlement. Charismatic and delightful company, Ron Cornwell … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1618

Sir Walter Raleigh was an English explorer, soldier and writer who was imprisoned in the Tower of London and eventually put to death after being accused of treason by James I. Before serving in the Huguenot army in France he studied at Oxford, and became a favorite of Queen Elizabeth after serving in her army … [Read the full story]

The truth about “Breast Oggling”

Just 18 years old and fresh from a Church of England girls’ school, I couldn’t wait to read history at Oxford University. I’d imagined a life of intellectual small talk, long, swotty afternoons in the Bodleian Library and earnest discussions about politics and current affairs. Instead, over the course of the first term, an undeniable … [Read the full story]

Better to have a fat arse than a fat belly

Scientists at Oxford University have found that storing fat in your bottom, rather than stomach, cuts levels of ‘bad’ LDL cholesterol and raises the ‘good’ HDL cholesterol that protects against hardening of the arteries. Their review, published in the International Journal of Obesity, showed the benefits of an ample derriere extend even to cutting the … [Read the full story]

On this day…in 1884

On this day in 1884, the first portion, or fascicle, of the Oxford English Dictionary (OED), considered the most comprehensive and accurate dictionary of the English language, is published. Today, the OED is the definitive authority on the meaning, pronunciation and history of over half a million words, past and present. Plans for the dictionary … [Read the full story]

‘Sexting’ is now part of our language

Sexting, retweeting and even the painfully revealing mankini swimsuit made famous by the movie character Borat all feature in a new edition of Britain’s most venerated dictionary, launched today. Gastric band and cyberbullying – use of electronic communication to bully a person – are among the other 400 new entries in the centenary edition of … [Read the full story]